Traditions: Travel Photo Roulette #118

Thanks to the lovely Kat of Travel with Kat who hosted Travel Photo Roulette round 117 with the theme light. My photo of Lake Serene at Boshack Outback (farm stay in Western Australia) was selected as the winning entry.

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The key responsibility of the winner is to host the next round of Photo Roulette.

Travel Photo Roulette #118: Traditions

It is that time of year when so many of us are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and preparing traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.

You don’t need to share a christmas tradition it can be anything from a traditional ceremony to a traditional dance.

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Entries for Travel Photo Roulette #118: Traditions

Tom from Anita’s Feast

The alphorn is the Swiss national instrument and symbol of dairy farming. The Swiss farmers first used the alphorns to signal each other across the alpine valleys.

TPR1

Carole from Berkeley and Beyond

Based on a 16th-century story, the Barong and Kris Dance is performed daily in Bali. The barong in this traditional performance looks like a lion or tiger, and drives away evil spirits. Atonal music accompanies.

TPR2

Travel n Lass

“Thanaka” is a most ubiquitous tradition in Myanmar – the pale yellow paste graces the cheeks of most every woman and child. This image was quite the sweet bit of serendipity. While trekking among the hill tribe villages between Kalaw and Inle Lake, I slept in local homes. One morning, as I lay on my bamboo mat on the floor of my homestay – a faint creak of the flooring (luckily) prompted me to open my eyes… There in the corner knelt this young lad, carefully applying “thanaka” to his cheeks by the dim light from the window.

TPR3

Juergen from Dare2go

“In Pátzcuaro, Michoacán province of Mexico, you can see the regional “Danza de los Viejitos (Old Man’s Dance), which dates back to times before the conquest. It is performed by young boys wearing crude masks of old people along with their typical campesino clothing and straw hats decorated with colorful ribbons. Wooden sandals on their feet accompany the rhythm of the Mariachi band. The dance sets off slowly, old men bend on their sticks and holding their backs as if in pain. As the tempo of the music increases the dancers clack their sandal soles loudly and energetically on the ground and pound their canes, which miraculously no longer seem to be needed to hold them up. Finally the dance winds down when they all are overcome again by their ages, and they shuffle unsteadily away to the dying music. Quite a spectacle!”

TPR4

Travel Photo Roulette Guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e. using Photoshop to remove elements) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase – and the connection is comprehensible!
  • Keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (800 pixels wide is good)
  • If you win, you will host the next round (runs for 7 days) and so choose the next theme: Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments” or with a dash of focus such as “monuments at night”, which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque,” or “Overlooking Creation.”
  • Themes can be reused after 1 year, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to Enter

It’s so easy! To enter the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with:

  • a link to the image (whether Flickr, 500px, Trover, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) and
  • a short description as to why this image represents this round’s theme of light.

As photos are submitted, I will add them to the post. Check back to see your entry! Submissions will close on Saturday 26th December 2015 at midnight GMT. I will select the winner and notify him/her shortly thereafter. He/she will then host the next round of Travel Photo Roulette #119. Please share the contest across social media using the hashtag #photoroulette – the more entries the better.

Previous Winners of Travel Photo Roulette

Check out some of the previous rounds to see some really fabulous photography collections.

  1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream: Animals
  2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker: Road Signs
  3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream: Street Art
  4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ: Festival
  5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust: Landmarks
  6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back: Beaches
  7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD: Portraits
  8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate: Motion
  9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond: Water
  10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky: Urban
  11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam: Friday Night
  12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles: The Journey
  13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures: Changing Seasons
  14. April 2011 Shutterfeet: Storytelling
  15. April 2011 10 Times One: Piousness
  16. April 2011 Beached Eskimo: Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies: Architecture
  18. June 2011 Destination World [-404-]: Transportation
  19. June 2011 Living the Dream: Paradise
  20. June 2011 Vagabond Quest: Clothes
  21. July 2011 The Unframed World: Symmetry
  22. July 2011 Beached Eskimo: Home
  23. July 2011 BackPackerBanter: Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader: Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe: Tranquillity
  26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer: Food
  27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan: City
  28. Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com: Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart: Framing
  30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest: Silhouettes
  31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels: Music
  32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls: Love
  33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam: Humor
  34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout: Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel: Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One: Depth of the Field
  37. Feb 2012 Runaway Juno: … Digital Nomad Moment
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba: Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat: Local Character
  40. April 2012 The Travel Bunny: Street Scene
  41. April 2012 Adventure Crow [-404-]: Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss [-404-]: Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson: Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ: Once In A Lifetime
  45. July 2012 Dusty Main: Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away: Smile

    1. Aug 2012 Bridges & Balloons: Splendour…
    2. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester: What the ?!
    3. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno: Sweet
    4. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin: Play
    5. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories: Friendship
    6. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker: Face
    7. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly: Serendipity
    8. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions: Lost in Thought
    9. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters: The Natural World
    10. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies: Patterns
    11. April 2013 Living the Dream: Your First Time
    12. May 2013 Getting Stamped: The Sun Goes Down
    13. June 2013 The GypsyNester: Cheesy Tourist Diversions
    14. June 2013 Boomeresque: Revolution
    15. July 2013 Breakaway Backpacker: Colorful
    16. Aug 2013 Around This World: Mountains
    17. Aug 2013 Passports & Pamplemousse Hands at Work
    18. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
    19. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
    20. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery: The Market
    21. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet?: Travel Fails
    22. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester: Weird Regional Foods
    23. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World: Trees
    24. Nov 2013 SHOuTography: Party
    25. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman: Ruin
    26. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel: Light
    27. Jan 2014 This World Rocks: Crowds
    28. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50: Competition
    29. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller: Working
    30. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole: Umbrellas
    31. April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
    32. April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
    33. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
    34. May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
    35. June 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
    36. July 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
    37. July 2014 TurtlesTravel: Summer!
    38. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia: Candid
    39. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth: Hiking
    40. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out: Transport
    41. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet: Wild World
    42. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth: The 4 Elements
    43. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts: Heritage
    44. Oct 2014 Living the Dream: Your Grand Adventure
    45. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped: Inspire
    46. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ: Viewpoint
This list was re-formatted by dare2go.com. If you like to use this two-column layout in your post please download the code here and follow instructions on same page.

The winners and themes in 2015. Click the link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

    1. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan: WOW!
    2. Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth: Roads and Tracks
    3. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos?: Street Art
    4. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost: Frozen
    5. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings: Detail
    6. April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
    7. April 2015 JetWayz: Spiritual Beauty
    8. April 2015 The Trading Travelers: Celebrate
    9. May 2015 Street Food World Tour: Epic
    10. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows: Landscape
    11. May 2015 We Travel Together: Wildlife
    12. May 2015 Vagabond Way: Festival
    13. June 2015 Travel Addicts: Landmarks
    14. June 2015 TravelnLass: Wrinkles
    15. July 2015 Anita’s Feast: Food Markets
    16. July 2015 Dare2Go: Dry
    17. August 2015 Travel Past 50: Home
    18. August 2015 Barefoot Nomad: Door
    19. September 2015 House Sitting Travel: Shapes
    20. September 2015 Berkeley and Beyond: Cemeteries
    21. October 2015 Dare2Go: Reflections
    22. October 2015 Journey Jottings: Thirst Quenching
    23. November 2015 Not A Ballerina: Home Away From Home
    24. November 2015 Nibble, Sip, Wander: Holiday
    25. December 2015 Travel with Kat: Light

The winning entry of round #118 is: 

TPR3

Congratulations to Travel n Lass!

Thank you to everyone who entered.

14 thoughts on “Traditions: Travel Photo Roulette #118

  1. The alphorn is the Swiss national instrument and symbol of dairy farming. The Swiss farmers first used the alphorns to signal each other across the alpine valleys. In this way, they could summon help, communicate with the people in the village down in the valley, and to announce daily activities, such as calling a council, or a gathering for war. In the pastures, the alphorn was used to calm the cows at milking time, to call them from the pasture, and to settle the cattle and sheep in for the night. Around June, specific tunes were played, known as “Ranz des Vaches” or “Kuhreien,” meaning ‘cow processions.’ Each valley had its own tune. This sound was used to bring all of the villagers’ cows together, before a herdsman would lead them all up to the high pastures during the summer months. The shepherds eventually used this instrument to pass the time and to entertain other shepherds. This skill was passed down from father to son for many generations.

    While in the past, the Swiss shepherds used the alphorn as a way of communication; today the alphorn is mostly played by musicians. There are over 4000 alphorn players in Switzerland. For about 25 years, the alphorn has been a form of musical entertainment, played in festivals and in both contemporary and traditional concerts in the alpine countries of Europe.

    Flat throwing is one of Switzerland’s oldest national sports. At yodeling or wrestling festivals the candidates compete in three-minute “battle exercises”.

    The photo was taken at the annual International Alphorn Festival in Nendaz, Switzerland.

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  2. Congratulation on you win – beautiful photo! I’d like to enter this round with a photo taken in Mexico.
    Description: “In Pátzcuaro, Michoacán province of Mexico, you can see the regional “Danza de los Viejitos (Old Man’s Dance), which dates back to times before the conquest. It is performed by young boys wearing crude masks of old people along with their typical campesino clothing and straw hats decorated with colorful ribbons. Wooden sandals on their feet accompany the rhythm of the Mariachi band. The dance sets off slowly, old men bend on their sticks and holding their backs as if in pain. As the tempo of the music increases the dancers clack their sandal soles loudly and energetically on the ground and pound their canes, which miraculously no longer seem to be needed to hold them up. Finally the dance winds down when they all are overcome again by their ages, and they shuffle unsteadily away to the dying music. Quite a spectacle!”
    Image link: http://www.trover.com/d/18OQ7-p%C3%A1tzcuaro-mexico

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    • I was in Bali for Nyepi day, the day of silence. They have a parade which has lots of similar statues and the whole island shuts down, even planes can’t fly in. Thank you for entering #photoroulette

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  3. Oky-doky, I’ll get the TPR118 ball rolling here, and I have a most precious “traditions” pic:

    “Thanaka” is a most ubiquitous tradition in Myanmar – the pale yellow paste graces the cheeks of most every woman and child. This image was quite the sweet bit of serendipity. While trekking among the hill tribe villages between Kalaw and Inle Lake, I slept in local homes. One morning, as I lay on my bamboo mat on the floor of my homestay – a faint creak of the flooring (luckily) prompted me to open my eyes… There in the corner knelt this young lad, carefully applying “thanaka” to his cheeks by the dim light from the window.

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